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Dear Residents of the 40th District,
The Legislature debated LB305 on general file and, with strong support, advanced the bill to the second round of debate. The Legislature also adopted an amendment to LB305, which clarifies the funding needed to move forward. I am very pleased that my colleagues understand the importance of this issue, and I will continue to work diligently on the development of state meat inspection in Nebraska.
LB229, my priority bill for this session, was also passed through to the second round of debate. LB229, as originally introduced, transferred $7 million per year from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) to the Water Resources Cash Fund, administered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). NET; various environmental, conservation and agriculture groups; and members of the Legislature worked to develop a compromise plan. As amended, LB229 now allows DNR to apply for grant funds up to $3.3 million per year for 3 years from NET. These projects must relate to any river basin determined to be fully appropriated or designated as overappropriated pursuant to the Nebraska Ground Water Management and Protection Act. The Legislature will match these funds for the water projects selected. This compromise demonstrates the commitment of the Legislature and NET to more adequately address the numerous water resource concerns that our state faces.
Please feel free to contact my office with your questions and comments at (402) 471-2801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Tyson Larson